Jacob Heinrich Elbfas

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Portrait of Axel Oxenstierna, 1626
Portrait of Gustavus II Adolphus, 1630

Jacob Heinrich Elbfas (c.1600–1664) was a portrait painter

Elbfas was born in Livonia and educated in Strasbourg, in a tradition dating back to Renaissance portraits. He established himself in Sweden from 1622 and from 1628 in Stockholm where he became a guild master. During the period 1634 to 1640 he worked as a court painter for Queen Maria Eleonora. He was frequently employed by the Swedish nobility. His influence on Swedish art was considerable until a new generation of artists were invited by Queen Christina during the 1640s. He died in Stockholm.

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